Wow...I just got the school's teacher assignments for my kids which means that the school year is just around the corner! Summer just flew by: between summer camps and our trip to Portugal (I'll get to that on my next blog post!) the weeks rushed by in a hurry and now September is already here!
Yesterday we had a rainy day and I just felt like hanging out with the kids, having an afternoon sweet snack paired with a hot cocoa topped with marshmallows! The kids love when we do something special like eating at the family room little table - those are the moments that we cherish and I know that they'll remember these small things through their lives. I also hope that they'll do these "small" things with their own children in the future.
I usually have the Bob's Red Mill Muffin Mix at hand because it's a great quality product that allows me to have muffins made in no time. Also, it allows me to use my favorite add-ons as fresh fruit and nuts or coconut flakes!
There's no need for complicated recipes, expensive ingredients or fancy decorations when what you just need is family time: get the kiddos baking with you, helping, doing some easy chore that you know will end up being a delicious treat!
For the muffins I used the following ingredients:
1/2 cup strawberry applesauce (as a substitute for butter/oil)
1 cup milk
1 Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Muffin Mix
As for sweetening I used my recently discovered addition: date syrup. I've been using this syrup from the Date Lady brand for the past couple of months now. It is simply delicious and the texture is just perfect for baking or using it as an ice-cream topping!
So, lets get mixing these ingredients! Basically I just followed the instructions on the muffin mix package: in a mixing bowl add the muffin mix and make a well in the center. My daughter Miss B helped me through the whole process and she was so proud to be able to say that she helped bake the muffins! Isn't she a sweetie?!
Never mind the mess going on behind her! I'm counting the days until I get a kitchen with a large counter top space or an island!
Next, get smashing those bananas and crack the eggs open, mixing them just a little bit.
Next, simply add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix it on low just for enough time for the batter to come together, about 30 seconds or so. Make sure to also add the date syrup, give it a try and I promise you you'll never go back for the sugar! Pour the muffin mix batter into muffin paper cups and bake them on 400F for about 20 minutes keeping an eye on them so they won't get over baked.
With these ingredients I ended up getting around 20 muffins which is pretty good and will last us for some days now. As you can see the recipe is pretty basic and it was enough for us to have a great time as a family cooking together. The kids had a blast and so did I!
Mr J all excited about the sweet treat and the hot cocoa!
Miss B acting all lady like at the little table!